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Issue 77 - Royal flush

Whisky Magazine Issue 77
January 2009


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Royal flush

Kate Portman plays a hand of poker with Buffalo Trace's Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley.

Q:What is your preferred bourbon serve when playing cards?

A: Asweet Manhattan served on the rocks.

Q: Does your drink choice change depending if you're winning or losing?!

A: Yes, I usually don't have a drink unless I am winning. If I am losing, I stick to water.

It also probably depends more on the location. If I'm playing in a casino, I would usually order bourbon on the rocks because it is simple to make. If it is a private occasion then we could get more elaborate with an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan.

Q:When did you first learn to play poker?

A: When I was about 16 and played occasionally with friends.

I only started playing poker tournaments about 10 years ago.

Q: Describe your most memorable game - good or bad!

A: It was a tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. There were about 140 players and I won the event with an ace high heart flush on the river. My victory there is the reason I named my dog Ace.

Q:Where's the best place to play poker in Kentucky and why?

A: Unfortunately, there are no professional establishments in Kentucky however we have riverboats on the Kentucky River that are actually owned by Indiana copmanies. I usually travel about an hour to Belterra Casino in Indiana. It is a small but friendly crowd with great competitions.

Q: So how many times do you bluff to win a hand?

A: Now that wouldn't be wise to tell!

However, I would say that there is usually only one ‘make or break' bluff in a tournament.

Q: Do you have any tips for poker novice...

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